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Molly Turner

Haas Business and Public Policy Group
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Academic Status: On duty
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MUP, Urban Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
BA, Art History, Italian Literature, Dartmouth College

Positions Held

2016 – present, Urban Innovation Advisor
2014 – 2016, Global Head of Civic Partnerships, Airbnb
2011 – 2014, Director of Public Policy, Airbnb
2011, Neighborhood Development Researcher, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development
2010 – 2011, Sustainable Development Researcher, UNESCO World Heritage Center
2010, Sustainable Tourism Development Consultant, Solimar International
2006 – 2009, Regional Trip Manager and Leader, Backroads
2005 – 2006, Urban Planning Associate, Dyett and Bhatia

External Service and Assignments

2013 – present, Board of Directors, SPUR
2013 – present, Board of Directors, Tumml
2016 – Working Group on Innovation and Regulation, Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation
2015 – 2017, Board of Directors, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Current Research and Interests

  • Urban Innovation
  • Tech Policy
  • Early-Stage Startups
  • Economic Development
  • Tourism Policy

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Letter from San Francisco: On Being an Urban Planner in the Tech World”, NextCity.org, July 26, 2013
  • “In Review: Crowdsourcing the Built Environment”, Harvard Journal of Real Estate, 2015
  • “The Impact of Home Sharing on Cities”, Cities Today, October 2015
  • “Revealing the Level of Tension Between Cultural Heritage and Development in World Heritage Cities”, with Ana Pereira Roders and Marc Patry, 6th International Seminar on Urban Conservation: Measuring Heritage Conservation Performance, 29-31 March 2011, Recife, Brazil / Ed. Scientific Committee. – S.l. : s.n., 2011
  • “The Sustainability of Management Practices in the Old City of Salamanca”, with Ana Pereira Roders and Angela Pons, Facilities, Vol. 29 Iss: 7/8, pp.326 – 338; Emerald Publishing, 2011


  • Tech & the City: How to Get Urban Innovation Right

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